February 5, 2014

Michelle Harper and Jenny Shimizu for & Other Stories

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MICHELLE & JENNY: A LOVE STORY. This is the first campaign in a while that has really made an impression on me. I love the styling, the direction, the models and the clothes. Michelle Harper and Jenny Shimizu were the perfect models for such unique pieces. They are both such individuals and they completely own it and just exude the most confidence.

Even amidst a variety of colours, patterns, graphics and textures there is a feeling of serenity and a peaceful ambience in this campaign. It is fabulous, it is right and it is perfect to embrace yourself, your love and your style regardless of whether it is the status quo or not. Believe in yourself and do you- that has and will always be the most important thing in life.

I will use this opportunity to express my disappointment in the homophobic laws recently passed in Nigeria. I sometimes say that the most difficult thing I've ever had to do is be Nigerian. I embrace my heritage and I'm proud of our strong values and beautiful culture but sometimes it is just so embarrassing to be a citizen of this backwards country. At a time when the world is moving forward and growing, we choose to cling to archaic and barbaric beliefs and actually act on them. In a country that is so unstable and is faced with so many major issues, how is it that parliament saw it as a priority to pass anti-gay laws? I am so upset and disappointed. We complain about racism all the time and this is worse than racism. How do gay people pose a threat to society? What about embracing yourself and loving in the way you were born to do deserves a 14 year jail sentence? This law is evil and the problem with Nigeria has never been and will never be gay people. The problem with Nigeria is the illiterates in power who steal the resources of the country and have hearts as cold as ice. They think it is okay to hop on planes to Switzerland with a million dollars of their country's money in cash to deposit in their personal bank accounts without any consequences. They base their homophobic beliefs on the Bible but forget that the Bible exists when they steal and leave the nation that they lead to suffer in poverty. Who gives them the right to condemn people for choosing who to love? This is tragic. They say the success of a nation lies in how well it protects it's weakest. Nigerians; on this occasion, we are an epic failure.

11 thoughts on “Michelle Harper and Jenny Shimizu for & Other Stories”

  1. Yorubella says:

    I’m gay and Nigerian (live in the states) and you have no idea how much kind words of support from other Nigerians means. Others are either silent or cruel. I love my people, flaws and all but often feel like they don’t love me in return. Thank you!

  2. Lolus says:

    Oooph! Preach it Fis! Preeaach!!

  3. Daniella says:

    Fisayo, you have written this post with such love, passion and strength. I agree with everything you have said, it is a very backward way of thinking and there really is no excuse for this in any country. Who you fall in love with is not a choice, it’s a feeling and we should as people should encourage anything that is love based because hate, the opposite, is so ugly and can lead on to so many more damaging circumstances.

    The editorial is beautiful! The styling, the photos and the feeling it evokes from within is all truly stunning 🙂

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

  4. Melissafff says:

    This post is amazing … Luv what it stands for and this ad is everything love their style so much 🙂

  5. Folake says:

    Love this post! I agree 100%… It’s just embarrassing!

  6. chuqqy says:

    Love michelle and jennys hair… certainly 14 years cant cure homophobia its quite confusing , Naija4life as usual the most important issues are swept under the rug.
    God bless Nigeria!

  7. Dee says:

    I agree with all you said, except that this is worse than racism, I don’t think we should be comparing systems of oppression.

    1. Jeanne says:

      I agree. How is it worse than racism?

      1. Fisayo Longe says:

        I stand corrected guys and agree that I shouldn’t compare systems of oppression. Thanks for pointing that out!

  8. Grace says:

    I’m a huge fan of & Other Stories and so far this has been one of my fave campaigns. They couldn’t have chosen better models! Lovely post again… tell them!!

  9. 2bor says:

    Funny enough I was actually liking your blog that i stumbled upon today until I read this write up. I disagree with you 100%. The anti-gay laws is one thing that Nigeria got so right and am proud to be Nigerian. Sin is sin, our bodies is the temple of the Holy Ghost how can we defile it so? Have you forgotten this was what destroyed SODOM and GOMORRAH? God created Adam and Eve as a couple not Adam and STEVE, Don’t get it twisted dear, anyone with this tendency is obviously possessed and need our prayers. It’s not a must that one must get married, Paul never did, some people were created to be celibate, that doesn’t mean because they are no feelings for the opposite sex that it means they should then turn to their own sex?? We should be asking ourselves what God feels on this matter, whatsoever a man sows he’ll reap, whatsoever Nigerian looting politicians sows they’ll reap but i will say again on this issue, am so proud to be a Nigerian and that Nigeria stood up for God on this!

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